Facing officers’ shortage in J&K, Ladakh, MHA sends SOS to ministries

Letter sent to railways, defence, commerce, customs and excise, posts and telecommunications

November 04, 2020 09:05 pm | Updated November 05, 2020 09:02 am IST - New Delhi

Board of the Ministry of Home Affairs at the North Block in New Delhi. File

Board of the Ministry of Home Affairs at the North Block in New Delhi. File

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has shot off letters to several government departments to seek the consent of officials willing to be posted to the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

The letter sent to ministries and departments of railways, defence, commerce, customs and excise, posts and telecommunications said that “The new Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh are beset with acute shortage of officers.”

Bifurcation into UTs

The former State of J&K was bifurcated into Union Territories on August 6, 2019.

According to the J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019, officers belonging to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS) in the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir “shall continue to function on the existing cadres,” till the Lieutenant Governor of J&K determines the final allocation of such officers between J&K and Ladakh. A year after the reorganisation of J&K, the cadre allocation is yet to be completed. All new recruits will be allocated the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre.

Now faced with shortage of officers, the MHA is asking various government departments to depute Group A service officers to the two UTs to overcome the shortage.

In an office memorandum sent to the Ministry of Defence on October 26, the MHA said, “it is requested that the willingness of Central Civil Services Officers, selected through Central Civil Exams conducted by the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission), in the (I) Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS), (ii) Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS), (iii) Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES), may please be obtained and provide the name(s) of suitable officer(s), eligible for deputation in terms of existing guidelines and willing to serve in the Governments of UT of J&K/UT of Ladakh, along with the cadre controlling authority’s consent/no objection and vigilance clearance of the officers at the earliest.”

Similar communication was sent to the Railway Ministry to seek the consent of Group A service officers belonging to the Indian Railways Account Service, the Indian Railway Personnel Service, the Indian Railway Traffic Service and the Railway Protection Force for deputation to J&K and Ladakh.

There are around four lakh government employees in undivided J&K. Of the 58 IAS and 66 IPS officers, nine and 16 are on Central deputation or suspension respectively. The total sanctioned strength of IAS and IPS officers in J&K is 137 and 147 respectively.

Top News Today

Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.